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Could Cubs plans be changing at 3B? Olt continues to look good while Bryant impresses defensively in LF

Could Cubs plans be changing at 3B?  Olt continues to look good while Bryant impresses defensively in LF
I missed the game live last night as we went out for a few drinks last night.  Thanks to those who came out and thanks for the drinks TTP !  It was a fun time. I’m catching up this morning and a couple things seem pretty apparent.   The first one is this: Mike Olt... Read more »

Lineup Notes: Bryant in LF, thoughts on Alcantara at SS, prospect assignments, and more

Lineup Notes:  Bryant in LF, thoughts on Alcantara at SS, prospect assignments, and more
Lots of news and notes for you today… Game Info The Cubs will play the Angels at Sloan Park at 6:05 PM CT.  You can catch the game live on MLB.com or on ESPN. Lineup Cubs lineup. Bryant in LF. Will he be there or third base over the long haul ? pic.twitter.com/zdxV8yJ3vh — Jesse... Read more »

Cubs Reduce Roster to 40. Almora, Schwarber among names reassigned to minor league camp

Cubs Reduce Roster to 40.  Almora, Schwarber among names reassigned to minor league camp
Per the Cubs press release the team has cut 12 players, reducing the roster to 40. Optioned to AAA Iowa Blake Parker, RHP Joe Ortiz, LHP 10 minor league free agents/non-roster  spring invites were assigned to minor league camp Daniel Bard, RHP Mike Baxter, 1B Francisely Bueno, LHP Anthony Carter, RHP Adron Chambers, OF Jorge... Read more »
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Guest Post: Kevin Gallo previews the 2015 Draft class position players

Guest Post:  Kevin Gallo previews the 2015 Draft class position players
 So let’s talk 2015 Draft! First off it is still early and a lot of things can still happen.  I am going to break this down into 4 sections: High School Bats, College Bats, High School Pitchers and College Pitchers. Just know this draft class is different than the last few because it more about... Read more »

Lineup Notes: Castro back and Maddon says Baez NOT on roster yet. Plus Castillo rumors, Bryant, prospects, and more...

Lineup Notes:   Castro back and Maddon says Baez NOT on roster yet. Plus Castillo rumors, Bryant, prospects, and more...
Moving update: My home is down to a mattress, TV, dining room table set, some tools and a few boxes of clothes. And if you want to meet me for a drink, I am certainly going to need one or three by tomorrow night. I’ll be having a scotch at Kinderhook in Oak Park. I... Read more »

Oh captain, my captain! Wood's expanded role and handling of Baez gives us a peek into the mind of Maddon

Oh captain, my captain! Wood's expanded role and handling of Baez gives us a peek into the mind of Maddon
I was against the idea of three catchers making this team.  In principle I am still not crazy about it, but I do like that it seems to be inspiring Joe Maddon to be creative again. We’ve already talked about the roster flexibility that Javier Baez adds despite his strikeout woes.  We’ve also discussed the... Read more »
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Reports: Javier Baez will be on the Opening Day roster

Reports: Javier Baez will be on the Opening Day roster
We mentioned the Bruce Levine tweet earlier today and Gordon Wittenmeyer is backing him up, citing sources that told him that Javier Baez will be the Cubs Opening Day 2B. Wow. He apparently made a great impression on Joe Maddon, but as much as Baez has been lauded for his bat speed, Maddon was won... Read more »

Kris Bryant's HR not enough to overcome Edwin Jackson's nightmarish day. Also, scout chimes in on Cubs young prospects.

Kris Bryant's HR not enough to overcome Edwin Jackson's nightmarish day. Also, scout chimes in on Cubs young prospects.
I didn’t get a chance to preview the game as I was putting the finishing touches on the big move… Just tuning in. Looks like a bad start for EJax, but at least I haven’t missed Kris Bryant’s daily HR yet. — John Arguello (@CubsDen) March 24, 2015 …but I was just early enough, as... Read more »

Less than two weeks from Opening Day, final roster remains unclear

Less than two weeks from Opening Day, final roster remains unclear
Even with just less than two weeks until Opening Day, it is not unusual for a team coming off of 73 wins to still be this undecided about who they will take up north to start the season.  The unusual part this year is that the Cubs have more capable players than they do roster... Read more »
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News and Notes: Bryant, Respect Bald, Castro, Gammons love, and 3 catchers?

News and Notes: Bryant, Respect Bald, Castro, Gammons love, and 3 catchers?
It is a rare spring day-off, but everyone is still talking Cubs…so let’s do some news and notes. BP perspective on Bryant and service time I recommend this very thorough and well-reasoned article (subscription required) from Matt Trueblood of Baseball Prospectus on Bryant and the service time issue.  Similar to what we have discussed here,... Read more »